Best Drama Series
Winner - Parenthood
Runner-Up - Grey's Anatomy/The Good Wife
Commentary - This is a tough one, because in all reality I have three favorite TV dramas. Grey's Anatomy came back rejuvenated this season after the stunning season finale, and The Good Wife is quickly becoming a modern day legal classic. But for this season, my award goes to the underrated Parenthood. It is not very often that a family drama manages to combine realism, humor, and heart without pandering or being cheesy, but Parenthood manages to do so, and if you ever get a chance to check it out, you will see what a soaring television achievement it is.
Best Comedy Series
Winner - Parks and Recreation
Runner-Up - Community
Commentary - EW called Parks and Recreation the Smartest Show on TV, and they were absolutely right. It got a rough start, but season after season it gets funnier, its characters become more involved, and this past season was simply hilarious every single week. Community was a close second for also getting much better in its second season.
Best Actor in a Drama Series
Winner - Kyle Chandler "Friday Night Lights"
Runner-Up - William H. Macy "Shameless"
Commentary - When the Emmys gave Kyle Chandler a nomination last year, I was simply over the moon. His performance may be subtle compared to the likes of Michael C. Hall, Hugh Laurie, or Bryan Cranston, but every week, he brings some humanity and emotion to his character in a way that can simply not be matched.
Best Actress in a Drama Series
Winner - Lauren Graham "Parenthood"
Runner-Up - Julianna Margulies "The Good Wife"
Commentary - Lauren Graham, season after season, whether it be on Gilmore Girls or Parenthood, has been ignored by the Emmys. And season after season, she proves why she is one of the best actresses on television. She is funny, yet pulls of the dramatic moments with gusto, and week after week, gives us the portrait of a flawed human being and mother, one we all wish we could be more like.
Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Winner - Jim Parsons "The Big Bang Theory"
Runner-Up - Matt LeBlanc "Episodes"
Commentary - Matt LeBlanc's triumphat return to television almost won this award, but Jim Parsons is so damn good on The Big Bang Theory, I couldn't pass him up.
Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Winner - Courtney Cox-Arquette "Cougar Town"
Runner-Up - Amy Poehler "Parks and Recreation"
Commentary - This was a tough one, but Cox has been ignored so many times, it is about damn time she actually won something. She was hilarious on Friends, and, if possible, is even better on Cougar Town.
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Winner - John Noble "Fringe"
Runner-Up - Walter Goggins "Justified"
Commentary - A tough call, but Noble is so good on Fringe, which, like many sci-fi TV classics, has been ignored by Emmy voters, despite it being one of the most exciting and original shows on TV today. Goggins was a close second.
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Winner - Sandra Oh "Grey's Anatomy"
Runner-Up - Mae Whitman "Parenthood"
Commentary - Mae Whitman is excellent as the feisty daughter counterpart to Lauren Graham (aka the new Rory), but Oh has been so consistent through seven seasons of Grey's, and this season, her fall from grace, and her rise back to the top was memorable, and shows us why she has been robbed so many times of a well-deserved Emmy.
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Winner - Ed O'Neill "Modern Family"
Runner-Up - Chris Colfer "Glee"
Commentary - Chris Colfer's storyline made us all really think about ourselves and our prejudices, but as the patriarch of a wacky family, veteran Ed O'Neill wins the award with ease.
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Winner - **TIE*** Busy Phillips "Cougar Town" and Naya Rivera "Glee"
Commentary - This one was so tough that I had to have a tie. Busy Phillips is a rising star, and her TV Critic's Choice nod proves that her role on Cougar Town is a showstopper. And this season, Naya Rivera gave us her biting one-liners with ease, but also showed a depth of emotion with her lesbian seceret, and showed us why she is one to watch for in years to come.